Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Bubbles" by Ben Woodard

Big Stink in Frog Pond
by Ben Woodard

Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond is recommended for children ages 3 to 7. Author Ben Woodard shares an excerpt from the book. You can also read my review
Also by this author: A Stairway to Danger (read my blog post), Steps Into Darkness (read my blog post), and The Hunt (read my blog post).

Bubbles is causing a stink. But he can't help it. He's been bubbling the water since he was a little tadpole. Will Bubbles have to leave Frog Pond? And what happens when danger comes? Find out in this bubblerrific, bloopy story about friendship and being different. Humor and adventure for kids of all ages.

Bubbles wasn't happy.
There was trouble in Frog Pond and it was all his fault ...
"Bubbles, please stop!" the other frogs hollered.
"Bubbles, you stink," said Fonzo.
"Bubbles, go away," said Groucho.

Praise for the Book
"Bubbles uses humor to teach children how to deal with embarrassing situations as well as about self-respect. It is definitely a good book for young children." ~ Bound 4 Escape
"This book is great for teaching problem solving skills, bullying, and manners. The illustrations are wonderful." ~ Jane Ritz
"On top of all of this book’s other endearing qualities is the fact that my three-year-old giggles almost continuously whenever we read this story. That makes Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond a winner in our house." ~ Spark and Pook
"What excited my grandchildren to this book? The tale itself and the size of the illustrated frogs and insects and the pond. Simple and few words made the story a very easy read but got the message across, yep one word in particular, 'Bloop'." ~ 2ReadBook
"This was an interesting book from the get-go. As you might imagine, the little frog named Bubbles has a reputation and is appropriately named." ~ Naila M. (Amazon)

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Bubbles is a little frog who is a little bit different to the other frogs. He has a big, embarrassing problem - he can't help but make smelly bubbles in the communal pond. The other frogs all decide it's time for him to go. But when disaster strikes, who will come to the rescue?
The illustrations by Fran Riddell are beyond cute. The kids will have fun trying to spot the little red ladybug while they are reading the story. This book is a nice reminder that we are all different, but that our differences are not necessarily bad.
Recommended for children ages three to seven, especially boys.

About the Author
A spellbinding storyteller of high adventure, Ben has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked in Tibet, and climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt Everest. And recently learned to surf in Hawaii.
Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children's writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children's stories in 2008 and has written picture books, middle grade and young adult. Stories of adventure and wonder. Stories that inspire and educate, and, most of all, entertain. His titles include The Trestle (FREE), The HuntThe Boy Who Flew With EaglesA Terrible Price, (FREE), A Stairway to Danger, and Steps Into Darkness. About his children's book, Bubbles, the author states, "Kids love books about bodily functions, but too many are just gross. I tried to write a fun book about bubbling the water, but kept the whole story more subtle than most similar books. I'd like to think the parents will appreciate this, and the kids will love it. The book also deals with bullying, friendship, and standing up for yourself. So, in the midst of all the giggles, the children will get a soft lesson."
Ben lives in Kentucky with his wife Lynda.